Online Doctorate in Health Science and Exercise Leadership (D.H.Sc. Degree)

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Health Science and Exercise Leadership

Position yourself as a leaders in exercise, fitness and wellness

The post-professional D.H.Sc. degree addresses the impact of an aging population and the societal shift from treating disease to promoting wellness and health.

Step to the forefront of promoting health and wellness in our society with PennWest’s online Doctorate in Health Science and Leadership degree. Our post-professional D.H.Sc. degree addresses the impact of an aging population and the societal shift from treating disease to promoting wellness and health.

The 48-credit terminal degree includes courses in health science, adult learning and leadership as well as the construction of an evidence-based research portfolio. The portfolio will create a community of practice through the integration of emerging professional trends in health science, exercise science, and wellness and fitness. It will focus on problem-solving and the implementation of solutions that relate to day-to-day professional practice. You will be charged with collecting and analyzing data, defending your position and presenting your work to your dissertation committee on campus.

Upon completion of the program, you will be positioned as a leader in exercise, fitness and wellness. Among other skills, you will be qualified to research and use evidence-based resources to solve problems and enact change in the fields of health science, exercise science, and wellness and fitness.

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What is Exercise Science?

1.1 million

Number of new jobs that will be created in the field of exercise science by 2022.

2 years

Average time to complete the D.H.Sc. degree.

100%

Online, so you can continue to work as a health science professional while you earn your degree.

Fast Facts

1st

The first academic partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Credits:

48/53

Format:

100% online

Contact:

Justin Barroner, PGA, MS, MBA
Chair
barroner@pennwest.edu
724-938-6032

Start Terms:

Fall

Careers and Salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, exercise science and health care will produce top jobs at above-average pay rates through 2022. D.H.Sc. degree graduates are trained for a range of career positions with employers in Pennsylvania and nationwide, including:

  • Educators in health, exercise and wellness
  • Advanced clinical practitioners
  • Administrators and managers of health-related enterprises
  • Advanced professional or technical positions in health care

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Synthesize adult learning theories into a working framework of instruction
  2. Use leadership skills and abilities to bridge theory and practice, creating and executing a service-learning project
  3. Compile and synthesize original research to solve contemporary health, exercise, wellness and fitness problems
  4. Develop proficiency in assembling, synthesizing and delivering information and knowledge using technology, media and other information services

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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